1997 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: Cheap to Buy, Expensive to Fix

1997 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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Cheap to Buy, Expensive to Fix
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1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Wagon


Car is comfortable and responsive,
rides well, and looks good, but when it
got to 70K it seemed to start falling
apart piece by piece. Trans was
replaced at 8,000 miles, then rebuilt
at 83K. New battery: 68K. Starter
replaced at 70K. Door handle replaced
at 75K. Put on new tires after old
ones wore out after 30,000 miles, new
ignition cylinder at 85K. Speedometer
cable and assembly now need replacing,
too. Also, the trim surrounding the
rear window is starting to fall off. I
have been very diligent about
maintaining this car as required, yet
it still seems to need excessive
repairs. I should have bought the
manual trans version.

Best Features

Attractive looking, small size, power windows and locks, comfortable on long trips. It has a good stereo system, too. It is very roomy inside; can carry one bike inside, two on roof and 4 on a back rack. Will carry 5 passengers comfortably.

Worst Features

Better transmission, trim and door handles which fit better and don't fall off. Higher quality components.
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